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50 years of Roman bakery making the world's most famous Italian dessert: tiramisu

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The colors are surreal, but the flavors are quite earthly. Here at the Pompi Bakery, they've reinvented a classical dessert, for even the most adventurous palates. But that doesn't mean, they're leaving tradition behind. Pompi has spent the past 50 years making tiramisu. And though it originated in Venice, it's now considered one of the most famous Italian desserts.

VALENTINA POMPI
Pompi Bakery (Rome)
"It dates back to the Republic of Venice, and the original name for the tiramisu was 'tiremessu,' because it was supposed to reinvigorate, to give energy.”

The traditional ingredients are the mascarpone cheese, cocoa and coffee. But at Pompi, you can find the dessert with pistachios, berries, bananas and chocolate, or even strawberries. The bakery also has seasonal variations, for the summer and for Christmas. 

VALENTINA POMPI
Pompi Bakery (Rome)
"We've always had limited editions. For the summer, there's a piña colada flavor, with pineapples and coconut. There are also other tiramisu variations. For Christmas we use pandoro, which is another traditional Christmas dessert. We cut it in slices and soak it in dark chocolate. Then we add the mascarpone cream, and cover it all with more dark chocolate.”

So how do you choose with so much variety? For one thing, it's pretty hard to beat the classical one. Every day, Pompi pumps out nearly 4,400 pounds of tiramisu across their four bakeries. It's all hand made, and those with a sweet tooth can tell.

VALENTINA POMPI
Pompi Bakery (Rome)
"People won't say anything. But they show their affection and trust in the quality simply by eating it. Just by doing that, it shows that we're doing things right.”

The two tons of tiramisu Pompi makes daily also have some charitable purposes. Part of the proceeds are given to the Bambino Gesu Hospital in Rome, to upgrade its equipment. And, as if it were not enough, their portable containers are made with sugar cane, so they're eco friendly, and can even be used as fertilizer. So in addition, to eating a delicious tiramisu, customers are also making a difference, one bite at a time.


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